I live for picnics…
The fun in the sun, the food, the friends, the family, the food…
Did I already mention the food? 🙂
I might actually love picnic fare more than I love brunch, and you know how much I love brunch.
It’s because of the sides, man! I’m all about the sides. The potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad, that weird Jello salad that one of my aunties usually makes which looks totally gross but tastes hella delicious.
Oh! — and the corn on the freaking cob?
I wants it… I wants it all.
Speaking of picnics (how’s that for a lazy transition, ha!), there’s one happening now at Tarte, and it’s new for summer 2015.
Say “Please pass the potato chips!” to the Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38)
The Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette: A Quick FAQ/Rundown
What is it?
A $38 limited edition eye & cheek palette (available now) containing six new powder eyeshadows and one re-promoted powder blush (it’s called Glisten) containing Tarte’s jam, otherwise known as Amazonian clay, which is supposed to soak up any oily bits while simultaneously balancing moisture levels in your skin.
Are there any limited edition shades?
Yes, ma’am, there are. The eyeshadows in Summer Breeze (a matte cream), Sweet Tea (a matte tan), Ice Cream Cone (a matte chocolate), Barefoot in the Grass (a matte light tan), Peach Poppy (a matte peach) and Picnic Basket (a matte deep brown) are all limited edition.
What size are the pans?
Shimmery golden pink Glisten Blush is a 0.20-ounce full-size pan, and the eyeshadows are smaller at 0.06 ounces each.
What can you tell me about the texture of the eyeshadows?
Well, I can tell ya that they kick up a lot of powder, so it helps to tap off your brush before applying them; otherwise, you get a little fallout.
Beyond that, though, they feel smooth to me, and they’re easy to blend.
Are the eyeshadows pigmented or sheer?
I’d say that the lighter tan and peach shades are sheer to medium, while the two darkest shades are medium (I built them up for the swatches to make ’em nice and dark), and none of them look heavy on the skin.
How about the texture of the blush?
Slightly grainy…which is probably because of the pretty big flecks of golden glitter in it.
How pigmented is the blush?
Moderately pigmented, but not crazy town/crazy clown pigmented. I only need a single layer.
Does the palette remind you of anything else from Tarte?
It does. Because most of the shadows are matte, neutral and aren’t overly warm or cool, the palette reminds me of a smaller, slightly different version of the Tartelette palette.
The warm-ish shades, though — Peach Poppy and Barefoot in the Grass — make it a little different…but not totally different. If you already have the Tartlette palette and/or Glisten Blush, I’d skip it (unless you want dupes).
How do you feel about the palette overall?
For quick nude/neutral day looks, I like it. The eyeshadows are easy to blend (easier than the ones in the Too Faced Natural Matte palette, for example), which makes it suitable for urgent get-out-the-door-immediately moments.
Good for makeup minimalists, but probably not as good for someone looking for big va-va-voom glam. I mean, you could get there with this…but it would take a lot of layering.
I like the blush, too, but the glitter amplifies my pores. That, or maybe my pores have gotten so big that they’ve hit the point of no return. Who knows?
If you’re on the market for a new matte neutral palette, the Tarte Summer 2015 Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette will do fine, but it won’t, like, break the Internets or inspire someone to write a sonnet or anything.
I’m just sayin’.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition and available now online and at Tarte counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,